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lower

2 verb
     
lower2 S3
1

reduce

[intransitive and transitive] to reduce something in amount, degree, strength etc, or to become less:
Do you think we should lower the price?
After 20 minutes lower the temperature to 325°.
drugs to lower blood pressure
Helen lowered her voice (=made it quieter) as they approached.
His voice lowered (=became quieter).
2

move down

[transitive] to move something down from higher up [≠ raise]:
Very gently, he lowered the dog onto the rug by the fire.
The flags were lowered to half-mast.
Greg watched as the coffin was lowered.
lower yourself
He lowered himself carefully down from the top of the wall.
3

lower your eyes/head

to look down [≠ raise]:
Christina blushed and lowered her eyes.
4

lower yourself

[usually in negatives] to behave in a way that makes people respect you less:
I wouldn't lower myself to speak to her after what she's done.
5

lower the tone (of something)

to make something not as nice as it was:
They thought an influx of students would lower the tone of the neighborhood.
Trust you to lower the tone of the conversation (=include rude jokes etc in what you say)!
lowered adjective:
He leaned forward and spoke in a lowered voice.

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